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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Half of Segal's 2011 Pazz & Jop Ballot

Posted by on Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 2:48 PM

The Village Voice’s annual Pazz & Jop poll of the nation’s music critics is a big deal… to the 1,500 or so music critics who participate. This yearly stock-taking of the critical hive mind typically reminds us of the conservatism and herd mentality of the country’s opinion-havers on the music beat. There are a handful of writers whose lists deviate from the predictable norm, and you can determine who they are by a gauging system of selection similarity that accompanies the results (some guy with too much time on his hands tallies these stats; may Allah deluge him with blessings). The last few years, I’ve ranked near the bottom of P&J's critical pool for sharing affinities with other voters’ selections. And this is why I can’t have nice things.

Anyway, Pazz & Jop ballots have been sent and the results will be published Jan. 18, 2012 at However, in this dead zone between Christmas and New Year’s, there’s hardly fuck-all happening in the music world and the ravenous blog monster must be fed. So I’m going to give y’all a sneak peek of my top 10 albums and top 10 songs—but just half of my picks. Which half? Not telling. :p

Feel free to post your favorite albums and tracks of 2011 in comments. You have hardly fuck-all to do till Saturday, right?

½ of Dave Segal’s top 2011 albums list for Pazz & Jop

Demdike Stare- Triptych (Modern Love)
Andy Stott- Passed Me By/We Stay Together (Modern Love)
High Wolf- Atlas Nation (Holy Mountain)
Cut Hands- Afro Noise Vol. 1 (Very Friendly/Susan Lawly)
Planetary Assault Systems- The Messenger (Ostgut Ton)

½ of Dave Segal’s top 2011 tracks list for Pazz & Jop

Tobias- "Observing The Hypocrites" (Ostgut Ton)
CHLLNGR- "Ask For" (Green Owl)
Danny Brown- "Adderall Admiral" (Fool’s Gold)
Seefeel- "Sway" (Warp)
Woods- "Out Of The Eye" (Woodsist)


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cosby 1
The Andy Stott double pack is stellar! One of my favorites of the year too. The bonus material added to the re-release is even good - who does that?
Posted by cosby on December 27, 2011 at 3:22 PM · Report this
Brought my old blog back from to dead to post my favorite tracks from 2011:…

Best albums? I can't say I listened to a wide enough selection of new stuff this to make much of a judgment, but other than the albums listed on my blog there are a few that are still growing on me, like Stare Case and Jakob Olausson.

My interest is definitely piqued for both Demdike Stare and Cut Hands. Dusted's end of year coverage has been characteristically great and put a lot of things on my list to check out in early 2011...
Posted by illiterati on December 27, 2011 at 10:04 PM · Report this
My Five:

Hume – Penumbra. Dare you to sing along to this record. You want to, but you just can’t. How can they write such amazing songs that defy predictability listen after listen. The record doesn’t get old. It is filled with drama, intelligence and craft. Love this band. And the name is great too.

Hermit Thrushes – Mystery Ocean. These guys are great. Read the Flotzam review here. And interview here.

Wax Fingers – Wax Fingers. Again, fitting in that genre of avant pop, making music that challenges but not just for the sake of challenging. Along with Hume and Hermit Thrushes, who have single handedly made me believe that avant pop is alive and well in 2011.

Morning Teleportation – Expanding Away. This album just continues to grow me.

Operation ID – Legs. Local boys! Also fitting in that avant sound.


Posted by flotzam on December 28, 2011 at 10:31 AM · Report this

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